|RUFUS JONES FOR PRESIDENT|
A highly entertaining all-black musical short starring Ethel Waters, and prominently featuring eight-year-old Sammy Davis, Jr. in his first screen appearance. The little guy really gives it his all. Good production values and tight direction. The high-energy production-number finale is a real show stopper. Released in 1933, so expect overt racism. It is what it was, but don't let this stop you from enjoying the outstanding performances in this surprising little film...
Keywords: musical shorts; all-black casts; Ethel Waters; Sammy Davis Jr
|CABIN IN THE SKY trailer|
A Broadway hit wonderfully adapted for film.
Keywords: movie trailers; musicals; all-black casts; Ethel Waters; Eddie Anderson; Lena Horne
|Two-Gun Man From Harlem - Richard C Kahn|
This is a western with an all-black cast that includes Spencer Williams and Mantan Moreland. Mantan's part isn't large, but he does have some very telling moments. Unfortunately this print represents the poor state of preservation of many surviving race films. Written and Directed by Richard C Kahn. Released in 1938. Approximately 4 minutes are missing. SPECIAL NOTE: The copyright notice in the opening credits refers to content not included here...
Keywords: westerns; race films; all-black casts; Herbert (Herb) Jeffries; Spencer Williams (Jr); Mantan Moreland; Margureite Witten
|Lucky Ghost - Jed Buell|
Mantan Moreland and F. E. Miller are down at the heels, that is until a craps shoot wins Mantan a gambling casino. Too bad it's haunted by a family of prudish ghosts. The sequel to "Mr. Washington Goes to Town," which sadly appears to be a lost film. Directed by William Beaudine (as William X Crowley) Released in 1942. a.k.a. "Lady Luck" Tape-transferred complete print. MANTAN MORELAND MOVIES HERE AT IA: https://archive.org/post/1006776/the-mantan-moreland-list-update
Keywords: race film; all-black casts; comedies; Mantan Moreland; F E Miller